The man who as little as a month ago looked like the front-runner to become Colorado’s next Governor is instead dropping out of the race. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D) saw his path to victory severely complicated by the entry of fellow Rep. Jared Polis (D), who unlike Perlmutter is able to massively self-fund. Polis now looks like the clear primary front-runner for the Democrats, but still faces ex-State Treasurer Cary Kennedy (D) and State Sen. Mike Johnston (D) in the primary.
It’s not clear what this means for Perlmutter’s House seat, CO-7 in the northern and western Denver suburbs. Perlmutter would likely have no trouble winning a seventh term if he were to drop back down, but reports suggest he is likely to retire entirely, which would leave the open-seat primary field of State Sens. Andy Kerr (D) and Dominick Moreno (D) and State Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D) intact.